Borer - What's the Best Treatment?

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9 years 7 months ago #33584 by Toast
Was about to let off a couple of borer bombs and it said that if there is an existing problem you need to try an alternative treatment.

I have borer in the bathroom cupboard and a non-fitted chest of drawers.

It says that the borer bombs are only for the adults just before they start flying in November.

Thanks for any experienced advice.

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9 years 7 months ago #445257 by mikethebike
borer are more commonly know as woodworm or anobium punctatum the best treatment is to spray or paint on permetrin or cypermethrin how ever this will only be effectve on bare timber if its painted or varnished it wont work that well, the holes that you see are exit rather than entry holes, so if the furniture is valuable you could inject the holes to try to flood the timber from inside but its laborious and may not work. and yes smoke bombs only work on insects in the environment they dont work on the grubs that are in the timber eating away at it, you may find that the back of the piece of furniture is much worse that the rest this is usually because its either unpainted of old fashioned plywood that they would have used animal and or vegetable glue which woodworm seem to particularly enjoy on this area you can soak in cypermethrin or permethrin and that should deal to them in this piece permanently.
Hope this helps, regards Mike ,(I was a pest control surveyor in a previous life.)

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9 years 7 months ago #445272 by igor
I have used diesel applied liberally with a paint brush to good effect on borer infested timber furniture. It took about five years for the smell to go away which may or may not be a problem for you. After twenty years there is no sign of reinfestation.

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9 years 7 months ago #445336 by Toast
Thanks for those. Diesel sounds good but don't think I could hack the smell.

Nothing's every simple, is it?

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9 years 7 months ago #445341 by muri
I think meths may do the same as what has been suggested with diesel, just paint it on liberally.
Diesel is actually quite toxic so i dont think i would want to be breathing in the fumes

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9 years 7 months ago #445356 by mikethebike
no dont use meths or diesel ripcord has permethrin in it use that unless you want to go up in flames that is.!!

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9 years 7 months ago #445359 by greenfingers
What using about the Kiwicare borer spray? The can comes with a long thin nozzle for inserting into the holes, which would make it cleaner and easier to apply. Worth a shot anyway - the Kiwicare website has quite a lot of borer treatment products that are safer and less smelly to use than diesel!

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9 years 7 months ago #445443 by Aquila
Kerosene works and the stench only lasts a few days. 2 coats a couple of days apart then paint or varnish to seal the timber

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